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Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. He authored Common Sense and The American Crisis, the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and helped inspire the patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era ideals of transnational human rights... Read More

BornThomas Pain
February 9, 1737 (N.S.)
Thetford, Norfolk, Kingdom of Great Britain
DiedJune 8, 1809 (aged 72)
New York City, United States
EraAge of Enlightenment


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